Perpignan-Rivesaltes Airport is the major airport facility serving Perpignan on the French Mediterranean coast. Most airlines operate seasonal services here, although year round services are operated by Ryanair from London Stansted and Air France from Paris. During the summer months a large number of low cost airlines bring passengers to Perpignan from around Europe and the UK. Flybe offers a number of seasonal services from the UK, including flights to Perpignan from Birmingham and Southampton Airports. Aer Lingus also offers seasonal flights from Dublin. Regular shuttle services depart the airport around every half an hour throughout the day and evening, ferrying passengers to the major hotel districts and central station in Perpignan.
The history of Perpignan has always been linked to the sea, largely because the Kings of Majorca used the city as their mainland base. With the arrival of the Kings of Majorca a palace was built, which can still be found with its impressive Gothic architecture and gardens dating back to the 13th Century. Alongside the impressive Palace of the Kings of Majorca, the Cathedral at Perpignan is possibly the most famous structure in the city, built in the Catalan Gothic style of the 14th and 15th Centuries the cathedral is famous for its incomplete western walls. Easter is a popular period for visitors when the festival of Sanch Procession is held with local people in black robes being led through the streets of the city in the place of prisoners who were previously led to execution in this once banned religious festival.